The last award, and the highest recognition, is the Steve Apotheker Award, and it was presented to Susan Monte, a public servant who recently retired from Champaign County. Her career as Planner coupled with her concern for the environment, lead her to become the County Recycling Coordinator. Her research on Household Hazardous Waste was instrumental in the recent advancement of services being offering by the Illinois EPA. Susan has served on a variety of statewide groups, including the recent Materials Management Advisory Council. In her free time, she founded the Champaign County Environmental Stewards, a non-profit that has taken on a mission of improving services where few or none exist in the area for difficult to recycle or recover items from mattresses to hazardous waste.